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Privacy policy

We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

About us

We are Electricity North West Limited , (of Borron Street, Portwood, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 2JD). ENWL is subject to the laws of England and Wales.

We use your information as further explained in this Privacy Notice. We’ll be the “controller” of the information you provide to us. “We”, “we’ll”, “our”, “us” etc. when used in this Privacy Notice will be interpreted as relating to Electricity North West. 

This privacy notice covers the following processing activities of Electricity North West:

Customer operations and complaints;
Wayleaves (land rights);
Stakeholder engagement; and
Priority services.

What information do we need?

We collect basic personal data about you specifically, name, address, telephone number and email address. We may also collect your bank details in certain circumstances. If you contact us, or we contact you, by telephone, we may also record the call for training and service improvement purposes and make notes in relation to your call.

We may also receive personal data about you from third parties, including your electricity supplier, such as up-to- date contact details, off supply notifications and application details for new connection requests. As a distribution network provider, ENWL works closely with third parties, including your electricity supplier, sub- contractors, National Grid, Members of Parliament, local authorities, housing authorities, charities and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (“Ofgem”).

For more information on personal data collected for our Priority Services Register specifically, please refer to this section below.

Why do we need it?

We need to know your basic personal data to be able to maintain and operate the electricity distribution network for which we are responsible. In particular, we need to know your basic personal data to direct your enquiries to the correct team, to allow our engineers to visit you onsite where required and to provide assistance to you in the case of an emergency.

Legal basis for processing

In order to process and use your personal information lawfully, we rely on the following legal bases:

  •  for the performance of a contract with you for provision of our products and/or services or to take steps at your request prior to entering into such a contract;
  • to comply with our legal obligations;
  • for our legitimate interests in ensuring effective operational management and internal administration, document retention/storage, compliance with regulatory guidance, exercise or defence of legal claims, product/service improvement and communicating with you; and
  • with your consent, to maintain and develop our relationship with you, including marketing our products and services and market research. You may withdraw your consent at any time.

For more information on the legal grounds for processing for our Priority Services Register specifically, please refer to this section below.

What do we do with it?

The personal data we process is processed by our staff to:

  • enable our customer contact centre to help you with any enquiries or complaints;
  • communicate with you by telephone, mail, email or other electronic means;
  • enable us to provide you with assistance in order to ensure the distribution of electricity to you and to contact you in an emergency;
  • monitor our work and maintain our records;
  • obtain feedback on how we can improve our services;
  • allow  us  to  process  charges  in  the  event  of  damage  to  our  equipment;  provide  compensation  to customers in certain circumstances; and
  • comply with legal or regulatory requirements.

For additional information on what we do with your personal data for our Priority Services Register, connections, innovationsstakeholder engagement  or wayleaves  specifically, please refer to the relevant sections below.

For the purposes of Network Management, IT support, email support and maintenance, we, or a third party who we share personal information with, may store and handle that personal information outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

We will only permit this to happen if adequate safeguards have been put in place to protect your personal information. This means that we will:

1.  ensure that the country in which your personal information will be handled has been deemed "adequate" by the European Commission under Article 45 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); or

2.  include standard data protection clauses approved by the European Commission for transferring personal information outside the EEA into our contracts with those third parties (these are the clauses approved under Article 46.2 of the GDPR); or

3.  in the case of transfers from the EEA to the USA, ensure that the recipient of the personal information has certified with the US-EU Privacy Shield Framework, as permitted by Article 46.2 of the GPDR.

We may share your information with: 

  • your electricity supplier;
  • Ofgem,  the  Energy  Ombudsman and  any  other  regulatory authority  we  may  be  subject  to  for  the purposes of demonstrating compliance with applicable law and regulations;
  • to any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006.
  • our sub-contractors for the purposes of carrying out work on our electricity distribution networks and;
  • our service providers for the purposes of providing services to us (including third party survey providers in order to carry out surveys on our behalf).

We may also use aggregate information and statistics in order to help us develop our services and may provide such aggregate information to third parties. These statistics will not include information that can be used to identify any individual.

If you have provided consent, or we otherwise have the right to do so, we may send to you direct marketing and promotional materials relating to our services, engagement activities or related products, for example sending you communications (including by email) for these purposes. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in any of our emails or by emailing

How long will we keep it?

We will keep your information only for as long as necessary depending on the purpose for which it was provided. When determining the relevant retention periods, we will take into account factors including:

  • our contractual obligations and rights in relation to the information involved;
  • legal obligation(s) under applicable law to retain data for a certain period of time; (potential) disputes; and
  • guidelines issued by relevant data protection authorities.

Otherwise, we securely erase your information once this is no longer needed.

Details of retention periods for different aspects of your personal data are available in our retention policy which you can request by contacting us using the details below in the ‘contacting us’ section.

Your rights

You have the following rights regarding your information:

1. Right to be informed

You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how we use your personal data and your rights. This is why we’re providing you with the information in this privacy notice.

2. Right of access

You  have  the  right  to  obtain  access  to  your  personal  data  (if  we’re processing it) and certain other information (similar to that provided in this privacy notice). This is so you’re aware and can check that we’re using your personal data in accordance with data protection law.

3. Right to rectification

You are entitled to have your personal data corrected if it’s inaccurate or incomplete.

4. Right to erasure

This is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ and, in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your personal data where there’s no compelling reason for us to keep it. This is not a general right to erasure; there are exceptions.

5. Right to restrict processing

You have rights to ‘block’ or suppress further use of your personal data in certain circumstances. When processing is restricted, we can still store your personal data, but may not use it further.

6. Right to data portability

You have the right to obtain and reuse your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format in certain circumstances. In addition, where certain conditions apply, you have the right to have such information transferred directly to a third party.

7. Right to object to processing

You have the right to object to certain types of processing, in certain circumstances.  In particular, the right to object to the processing of your personal data based on our legitimate interests or on public interest grounds; the right to object to processing for direct marketing purposes (including profiling); the right to object to the use of your personal data for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes in certain circumstances.

8. Right to withdraw consent

If you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal  data  with  your  consent  up  to  that  point  is  unlawful).  This includes your right to withdraw consent to us using your personal data for direct marketing.

For more information on your rights or if you would like to exercise any of your rights, you are welcome to contact us at the contact details set out below under “contacting us”.

Contacting us

If you would like to contact us in relation to your rights, or if you are unhappy with how we’ve handled your information, you may contact us as follows:

Address: Customer relations team, 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6XG

If you would like to contact our data protection officer, you may do so by contacting them at:

Address: Data protection officer, 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6XG

If you’re not satisfied with our response to any complaint or believe our processing of your information does not comply with data protection law, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) using the following details:

Address: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone number: 0303 123 1113

Supplemental information

1.  Priority Services Register

Special categories of personal data

 In addition to collecting your basic personal data (name, address, telephone number and email address), if you have registered for our Priority Services Register we process special categories or “sensitive” data about you (e.g. personal data concerning health) where we have asked for your explicit consent or otherwise where this is necessary:

  •  to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another person, if you or they are incapable of providing consent;
  • under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004; or
  • for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Where your consent is required we will ask you for it at the relevant time.  You may withdraw your consent to this processing and remove your name from the Priority Services Register at any time by contacting us on 0800 195 4141 or emailing us at

What do we do with your personal information?

 We use your information to:

  • register you for our Priority Services Register; we will share that data with your water and electricity suppliers with your consent
  • ensure that you are provided with the ongoing support you need in an emergency, bad weather and for planned supply interruptions (including providing you with updates and alerts) both onsite and through our customer contact centre
  • liaise with your nominated contact (where provided);

If the only contact detail we hold for you is your home address, we may periodically share these details to a third party to write to you and confirm that the details we hold for you are up to date

 We may also receive personal information about you from your electricity suppliers, gas suppliers, water company, welfare organisations and NHS organisations to include you on our Priority Services Register so that you will benefit from this service.

 We may share your information with welfare  organisations,  local  authorities,  and  emergency  services  for  those  organisations  to  provide support and assistance to you in special circumstances or emergencies; and our sub-contractors to  provide onsite support during, planned supply interruptions, bad weather or emergencies.

2.  Connections

What do we do with your personal information?

 We use your information to:

  • process your application and provide you with designs and quotations for a new connection to our electricity network;
  • enable you to make payment for your connection service online, via the payment gateway Lloyds Bank Cardnet;
  • provide feasibility and budget estimates;
  • move or divert your existing supply of electricity to a new location as requested by you;
  • manage applications for disconnection from our electricity network;
  • manage generation applications, which is reportable to our regulator Ofgem;
  • provide our operational teams with the necessary information to carry out the connection works onsite;
  • share your contact details where you are the primary generator with a flexible connection to assist other applicants who are interested in shared capacity connections;
  • contact you to invite you to take part in connections engagement activities, provide comment/feedback on changes in policy and improvements to systems; and
  • comply with legislation associated with the provision of electrical connections; carry out inspections to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations; and investigate reports of potential cases of electricity theft.

We may share your information with our data processors Lloyds Bank Cardnet, Mailchimp and subsidiary Mandrill, Mando Group Ltd and Episerver AB for processing your estimates, quotations and payments.

3.  Innovations

What do we do with your personal information?

If you register an interest in being kept up to date with any new innovations projects undertaken by us, a particular project or sign-up to be part of a particular project, we use your information to:

  •  send you newsletter communications with updates about our ongoing or new innovations projects; this may also include information on wider industry events such as those organised by other DNOs or the Energy Networks Association;
  • design projects to trial innovative technologies to help manage our network;
  • effectively deliver innovations projects; and
  • verify any analysis carried out on those projects (which could include monitoring devices installed in customer homes); and
  • conduct surveys during or after participation in such projects

We may receive your information from third parties working in association or partnership with a particular project e.g. local housing associations.

In many cases, we deliver innovation projects with external partners such as local housing associations, and we may need to share your information with them to ensure that we can deliver the project successfully.

We may share your information with our third party service providers who carry out engagement activities, surveys and/or research on our behalf. 

4. Wayleaves

What do we do with your personal information?

We use your information to:

  • agree rights in land;
  • manage existing land rights;
  • carry out administrative duties relating to rights agreed inclusive of payments;
  • carry out other land liaison duties such as notification of project work, operations and maintenance;
  • process wayleaves payments; and
  • facilitate access to install, monitor, maintain and remove apparatus lawfully situated on your land.

 We may also share your information with our legal representative and any legal representative you have appointed to liaise with us on your behalf and with contractors undertaking development projects and maintenance. 

5. Stakeholder engagement

What do we do with your personal information?

We use your information to:

  • fulfil and evidence regulatory stakeholder engagement targets and obligations;
  • record your consent and marketing preferences;
  • invite you to future stakeholder activities and events that may be of interest to you;
  • record your attendance at events and any feedback you have provided; and
  • provide you with updates and relevant information on our activities, including progress of initiatives, forthcoming developments and opportunities to engage and consult.

We may share your information with our third party service providers who carry out engagement activities, surveys and/or research on our behalf. These service providers include Feefo Holdings Limited, Impact Research Limited, Saville Assessment Limited.

Updated: 21 June 2019